In May the Club started League based Match racing on a one to one basis. This started as a single competition but has ended up being the norm for many to get on the water and enjoy themselves. At the same time the Paddle sports section saw an increased informal use of paddleboards, kayaks and similar on the water.
In July more formalised dinghy racing started and paddle sports. To ensure we could be as Covid 19 secure as possible, we have taken the following actions
The Adult / Youth Training Slots will include the opportunity to book a refresher sail, focus on skills for a specific stage or level, in a coached environment or work on one of the RYA advanced modules such as start racing or sailing with spinnakers. These will run on the afternoons of the watersports weeks, and on selected dates through the summer and will be delivered by our home grown training team including Leo who is current Junior World Champion in Toppers.
1 Youth & Junior Watersports Adventure Week: Mon 20th-Fri 24th July - Full week Members £225, non-Members £275 (Organiser Gail Head)
The Youth and Junior Watersports Adventure Week (20th-24th July) will be a fun week of sailing and other water-based activities for experienced sailors. The themed activities and games are designed to enhance your skills and will be coached at a 1:3 to 1:5 ratio, and there will also be free time on the water. Activities will be finalised based on the weather conditions and the COVID-19 situation, but would usually include Swallows and Amazons, Pirates of the Carribean, Spanish Armada, Robinson Crusoe, Round the World in 80 minutes etc, Sessions are expected to run from 9.30 to 4.30pm, with the opportunity to take part in the club's Thursday evening race. We are hoping to include camping on the Wednesday and Thursday nights. All boat hire and certificates are included in the cost. The non-members weekly price also includes 1 year of junior membership. Day rates may be available. Please contact the organiser Gail Head for details.
Afternoon Training Slots on the Water Sports Week 20-24th July
The Adult / Youth Training Slots will include the opportunity to book a refresher sail, focus on skills for a specific stage or level, try out a Laser or other boat in a coached environment or work on one of the RYA advanced modules such as start racing or sailing with spinnakers. These will run on the afternoons of the watersports weeks, and on selected dates through the summer and will be delivered by our home grown training team including Leo who is current Junior World Champion in Toppers.
2 Youth & Junior Stage 1-2 Sailing and Activities Week: Mon 27th to Fri 31st July. Organiser John Williams
The activity week will consist of RYA Stage 1-2 course in the five mornings. In the afternoons we will be introducing them to the clubs Paddle boards and Kayaks or more free sailing. From Wednesday we are planning some activities which will use the skills built up over the few days previously.
The sailing course that we be working towards is the RYA YSS Stages 1-3 courses, will be taught by our RYA Dinghy Instructors in Groups of Three, with support from power boats, following the Maidenhead Sailing Club, RYA and Governments Restrictions Guidelines. This will be updated when we have further information on the restrictions at the time.
· 8-10 years of age – Oppies (6 places)
· 10-12 Years of age – Toppers or Topaz (6 places)
We will have limited spaces in the afternoons for refreshers
Time of race start 6:45pm single handicap
Duration approximately 45mins
During this period we will be practising COVID Secure racing.
1.) Maintain Social distancing at all times whilst on shore
2.) Please arrive ready to be on the water or change in the car park as the changing rooms and wet room will not be accessible except the toilets
3.) Please minimize the number of people on the slips, and jetty areas and once your boat is afloat leave the jetty quickly to allow room for others.
4.) Sign on before the committee boat goes to the start area, although we are trying to get online sign on working via, mobile device or PC, so the information can be sent direct to the race officer.
We are trying out new technology for running the racing so there will be a certain amount of experimentation taking place as we try to implement this so it can be carried forward into the rest of the racing at the club.
The menagerie Fleet captain will be running most of the series but I will be looking for help in running the patrol (Safety) boat on these occasions. Could you please email me so I can put this help into place?
We are looking for some form of Android tablet or I Pad to make this part of the furniture for racing and if you have one that is no longer used it would be appreciated if you could donate it to the club for this project.
The BBQ will be lit and the bar open for take away drinks
Just a quick update on some changes MSC now feels able to make soon given the new rules which come into effect regarding COVID-19 from July 4th. The full government guidance is available here.
We are highly conscious that this virus still exists in the community and spreads easily, so whilst you are enjoying the club facilities please continue to practice social distancing, wash your hands frequently and make minimal use of the indoor facilities.
Activities which can commence after July 4th are as follows:-
- Thursday evening racing will resume from Thursday July 9th with a single handicap race as usual.
- Sunday racing will resume from July 26th after the 2 weekends of RYA training (July 11/12 & 18/19). The current match racing will continue to run until at least the end of July so there are plenty of opportunities for competitive sailing.
- We hope to restart Saturday Social Sailing on July 25th but running in the afternoons from 1-4pm. These sessions are an ideal opportunity for anyone wanting to improve their sailing skills.
- Double-handed boats may be sailed by members from different households, however efforts should be made to keep as much distance as possible and face coverings are recommended.
- We will start using Dutyman to roster race crews and for Saturday Social Sailing from late July/August however we are conscious that some members may not feel comfortable doing this and we will be asking Team Leaders to contact their teams to see who is able/willing to volunteer to assist with race management and social sailing.
We are also planning a Family Fun Day on Saturday August 8th which will include sailing and paddleboard events, racing, BBQ, music in the evening and an opportunity to camp over at the lake. Please put the date in your diary! And in order to make the site shipshape for this big event we'll be organising a working party on August 2nd to do a big clean up and make up for the lack of a working party earlier this year.
With a hot and sunny week forecast what better way is there to cool down on a Thursday evening than messing about in boats followed by a BBQ and a drink on the MSC lawn?
From this Thursday (weather permitting) we'll have BBQ food available - starting simple this week with a quality butchers beef burger (or vegetarian option) plus salad for £6 as well as home made cakes for £1. Food will be served from 6 until 7.30pm and the bar will be open from 6 to 9pm.
So that we're able to get some idea of how popular this is going to be please let me know if you're planning on coming.